Moon, Trump hold last minute talks on Singapore summit

Moon, Trump hold last minute talks on Singapore summit

Moon, Trump hold last minute talks on Singapore summit

The South Korean president said the Trump-Kim summit, if it succeeds, will be a "gift" to the entire world, according to Kim. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

There was also no sign of his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has accompanied him to Singapore.

In an interview with BBC (who really got our geography wrong yesterday), Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed what everyone was guessing a week ago: Singapore is indeed picking up the hotel tab for the North Korean contingent here.

"It's unknown territory in the truest sense but I really feel confident", Trump said.

Trump said last week that Rodman was not invited to the summit.

The reports come after months of silence about the summit in North Korea, where official news outlets have revealed little about the impending meeting - even as the rest of the world has buzzed incessantly with anticipation for it.

The Presidential Suite on the hotel's 20th story - and we wouldn't expect Kim to want anything less - goes for up to S$12,260 (about US$9,200) a night, with a king-sized bed, silken throw pillows, crystal chandeliers, and marble, gold, brass, and silver adornments everywhere.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there is "enormous potential" for the summit, but lowered expectations about immediate denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable".

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the USA and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

However, it now appears that the confident tings are going smoothly. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish, and multiple scenarios for how key issues could be resolved.

Top members of Trump's administration have said that the North Koreans wouldn't receive any benefits before taking steps to denuclearize - wary of falling into the same predicament that doomed previous agreements with the rogue regime.

North Korean-US Summit
Image credit ULI-PwC report

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Kim arrived in a Air China 747 that touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon, Singapore's Straits Times said. "He added that he believes the White House is correct in saying that "'this is a unique moment in history'".

"The nuclear testing has got them to the point where they now get this meeting", he said.

Pompeo, who shifted to his current role in the spring after serving as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, spent Monday morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea.

A man in Seoul, South Korea, watches news footage of a North Korean missile launch in May 2016. Pyongyang's weapons program benefits from forced labor.

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore.

Trump later accused the New York Times of quoting a senior White House official "who doesn't exist".

The relationship between the US and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim.

Duckworth expressed the same sentiments, while also saying that any military action by the USA against Pyongyang would be "catastrophic" for the almost 80,000 service members stationed around East Asia.

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